Sketches Of

Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers


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D. Morris was a minister and messenger of Double Springs, in the Holston Association, in 1817. In 1843 he was a messenger of Buffalo Church, Grainger County, to the Tennessee Association. In 1852 he was pastor of Lost Creek and Rocky Valley Churches, Spring House being his postoffice [sic] address. In 1853 he attended the association as a "messenger" from Indian Ridge Church, Grainger County. In 1854 the association minutes show him to be pastor of Paw Paw Hollow. He baptized Elder John Day, and after Day had become a preacher was associated with him a great deal in ministerial labors, They were both successful in revival meetings, built up the churches, and witnessed many conversions under their ministry. Elder Morris was of a good family and widely connected was near kinsman, I figure, to the Morrises who laid the foundations of Morristown, and gave their name to that city. He was a man of energy and activity in the ministry, reaching out here and there, and pushing into the fields beyond. From the incidental references to him in association minutes and church records I have a good impression as to his ability and force as a preacher; but so far have not been able to obtain definite data as to his family life or any considerable information as to his public or ministerial life.


Burnett, J .J.  Sketches of  Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers.  Nashville, Tenn.:  Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919.


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